With television production suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, networks are getting creative. The latest entry into the musical specials broadcast from people’s homes category is The Disney Family Singalong, airing Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch The Disney Family Singalong on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device:
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ABC (live in select markets) is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch The Disney Family Singalong live on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has most new episodes, events, and specials available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include ABC (live in select markets). The “Plus” and “Max” bundles both include a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for AT&T TV Now, you can watch The Disney Family Singalong live on your computer via the AT&T TV Now website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other compatible streaming device via the AT&T TV app.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
YouTube TV comes with 70-plus live TV channels, including ABC (live in select markets).
Once signed up for YouTube TV, you can then watch The Disney Family Singalong live on your computer via the YouTube website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other compatible streaming device via the YouTube app.
If you can’t watch live, YouTube TV comes with included DVR.
‘The Disney Family Singalong’ Preview
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the Disney Family Singalong boasts a cavalcade of stars asking everyone to “be our guest” as they perform some of the biggest hits from the Disney film library.
According to ABC’s press release, performers include Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Alan Menken, Elle Fanning, Josh Groban, Darren Criss, Tori Kelly, Christina Aguilera, John Stamos, Josh Gad, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Bublé, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Kenny Ortega, Jordan Fisher, Donny Osmond, Auliʻi Cravalho, Luke Evans, Bobby Bones, Erin Andrews, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amber Riley and many more.” They will be performing from their homes alongside their family members, which should be a lot of fun.
There will also be animated characters on screen to guide viewers through the on-screen lyrics so that everyone at home can follow along and sing their favorite Disney tunes with their favorite stars. Performances include songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Moana, Frozen, and High School Musical.
In fact, the High School Musical performance will be a reunion between renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega and stars Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Raven-Symoné, Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo and more from the casts of High School Musical, Descendants, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and Zombies.
Plus, James Monroe Inglehart and the Broadway company of Disney’s Aladdin will join together (virtually) to perform “Friend Like Me.”
“If there’s something that we’ve all learned in the past few weeks, it’s to cherish every moment and the importance of connection, whether through laughter, stories or music. We hope that we can help create some new unforgettable moments in everyone’s home in a way that only the magic of Disney can,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, in a statement.
The special will also include public service announcements from talent across the Disney corporation designed to raise awareness for Feeding America and how people can either donate to or utilize their resources if they find themselves facing hunger or food insecurity at this difficult time. Families and vulnerable members of the community who need help can visit FeedingAmerica.org/FeedTheLove to learn more about Feeding America’s COVID-19 response and how to locate local food banks for help.
For families at home, The Walt Disney Company has also put a plethora of activities, stories, and videos from the Disney family of movies and television online at DisneyMagicMoments.com to help keep kids occupied while they are quarantining at home.
The Disney Family Singalong airs Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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